Saturday, August 23, 2014

What I learned on Summer Vacation

How to make Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Casserole and
how to keep my mouth shut.

I am not so sure that my son and daughter-in-law will agree about the mouth.  They did eat the casserole, however.

Now that I am home and released from Granny Nanny duties, the dogs and I have plans for the next week.  Lots of walks, some sewing and some serious sewing machine repair work.

There may be vodka involved, as well, as a spray starch and a parts cleaner  (cough)

Listen Grandma....

You had better get home and take care of these machines!   What the heck are you doing playing Granny Nanny?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wan smile.

 "Honey, can you help me get something out of the car?"

"What is it?"

"A sewing machine cabinet."

He gave me a wan smile.  I knew that he was less than pleased.

"Where did it come from?"


"From a patient?"

"Well, no, actually.  It is an interesting story."

A. belongs to the Necchi Yahoo group and she emailed me about a member from this part of the country who was giving away a Necchi SuperNova.  I somewhat reluctantly advised A. that she could send along my contact information.  The woman contacted me and informed me that the Necchi was spoken for but she had a 500A and two treadles.  I indicated that I was interested in the 500A and that I could drop by after work and take a look at it and the treadles.  After I made arrangements to stop over on Monday, she contacted me to let me know that the Necchi was available and would I be interested.  I told her I would take a look.  So I stopped over after work today and got them.

"So, it's for A., right?  You got the Necchi for A.?"  I could hear the hope in his voice.

"Nope, it's for me.  I want to play with it for a while and then I will give it away."  Another wan smile.  Poor guy.

"Where are you going to keep it?"  The man is full of questions.

"Well, you won't be using your shop while you are in Alaska, right?"  Another wan smile.

We hauled it out of the Jetta. 

"It's not the prettiest cabinet in the world.  Oh but look at that cute little chair.  What is it from, the 70s?"

"Nope I bet the 60s or earlier."

"Oh well it is a cool looking machine.  And what is that other cabinet?"

"Oh, that's from the 500A.  It probably can go to the curb.  But not tonight it is going to rain."

"Right,  it will just become junk," and he hauled it to the barn.

"So, two in, two out.  That's my motto now, honey."

Right.  Another wan smile.

Monday, July 28, 2014


I belong to a Vintage Sewing Machine Facebook Group.  I am conflicted about my membership.  That is another story.  I was lurking there a few days ago.  One of the members was having tension trouble with a Generic HA-1 Class 15 machine.  She posted one of my photos on the post. (  That's ok with me.  I have almost all of my photos stamped in one way or another so I know it's mine.   The tension parts in the photo were from a 201 and not from a 15.  The parts are a bit different.  There is no thread guard on the 15 but there is one for the 201.  The check springs are different as well.

So here are some photos of the parts as they come apart from thumb nut to stud.  I did not take out the stud or the check spring.  I was not in the mood to take the whole thing apart.  I should, though, and replace the check spring.

Push the numbered dial in and release the thumb nut. Screw the nut off completely and the numbered dial slips off.

to reveal the stop washer.  Note the position of the stop washer.
I was surprised to see another stop washer.
To remove the whole assembly with the stud and the check spring attached, you loosen the set screw.  The other larger screw is used to move  the whole assembly within its housing, thus adjusting the check spring. 
I believe that second stop washer is the Tension Release Pin cross piece that releases the discs when the presser foot is lifted.  

That's it.  Not all HA-1s are alike .  I have a Brother that is different from this one.  I believe the Genuine Singer is different as well.  

The problem with this little project is that now I remember how much I like this cute little green machine.  I may have to put it in the treadle stand.  Sigh.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

You Never Miss the Water....

 When I finished the Queen Size DNP, I felt relief along with regret.  I wanted to play some more.  I missed the spirals and loop de loo.  I felt the same way last week when I took the baby quilt off the frame.  I have been having fun quilting.  Now I am anxious to get back to  quilting.  I think I might make one for us. 

I love this quilt.

The quilting isn't perfect.  That's ok.  It is funky and organic.  Suits me. I had fun
quilt back


I got up and got to my part of the paint job early this morning.  I promised Steven that I would paint the lower part; form the top of the windows to the sills.  The windows still need to be prepped.  I believe professionals paint the trim first.  It certainly is looking crisp and clean. 

Hopefully this job will last a few years.  This is the southern exposure.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flowers everywhere

So, it's true.  I'm an Old Wanna Be Hippie (OWBH).  Now, many of us (even Mick Jagger) are grand parents, including me.

I started quilting the baby quilt last weekend.  It is bigger than a baby quilt but since it is for a baby, I still call it a baby quilt.   It's about the size of a throw.

I am still a novice with this whole process.  So far, though, I am happy with the flowers.

Yes I am singing to myself as I quilt.